Lilly Again Named One of DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity

    Lilly Again Named One of DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity

PR Newswire

INDIANAPOLIS, April 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY)
has been named to the DiversityInc "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" list for
the third consecutive year.

DiversityInc's "Top 50 Companies for Diversity" is known as a leading
assessment of diversity management globally. To make the list, participating
companies must have more than 1,000 employees and demonstrate strength in key
diversity areas: CEO commitment, human capital, corporate and organizational
communications, and supplier diversity – while also showing year-to-year
progress in diversity initiatives. A total of 893 companies participated,
compared to 587 in 2012.

"We are honored to again be included on the DiversityInc list," said Shaun
Hawkins, Lilly's chief diversity officer. "This recognition underscores
Lilly's commitment to a culture that embraces difference, values inclusion,
and supports our belief that diversity empowers us to generate unique ideas,
create solutions and deliver innovation to improve outcomes for our patients."

This year's list includes companies from a range of industries whose
leadership, procurement practices, communications and training best reflect
the rapidly changing face of America. The full list can be found at

"On the heels of the demographically revealing 2012 presidential election, it
is clear that U.S. companies are increasingly conscious of the importance of
diversity," said Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc. "We are very encouraged
to see more companies applying for this distinction and embracing diversity
more deeply than ever. We also note a continued positive correlation between
achievement in diversity and overall positive stock performance."

Both the 2013 and the 2012 DiversityInc Top 50 lists outperformed the S&P 500
on a one-, three- and five-year basis.

Hawkins said Lilly's work to continuously improve inclusiveness has led to
many successes in the United States and at its global affiliates.

Many of the programs are focused on female representation and leadership,
which have been noted as areas of strength for Lilly by DiversityInc.
Previous evaluations of Lilly have spotlighted the company's success in the
representation of women at top management levels and the promotion rate of
women into management and within management ranks.

Lilly also has received several honors for its workplace initiatives involving
women. Key awards include:

  o2020 Women on Boards Winning Company for having over 20 percent of the
    board of directors female (Lilly's is 29 percent)
  oWorking Mother magazine Hall of Fame; Lilly has been on the Working
    Mothers list for 17 consecutive years
  oTop Companies for Executive Women (NAFE) list since 2009

DiversityInc also has indicated Lilly's talent development programs and
pipeline for other under-represented groups are showing results. Additional
organizations have honored Lilly for these programs. The honors include:

  oLATINO 100 top companies offering opportunities for Latinos,
  oHuman Rights Campaign Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index,
    perfect score
  oBest in Class Employers of Asian Pacific American Professionals Finalist

DiversityInc Methodology

The results are determined by statistical analysis. It is an independent
editorial process and there is no fee to enter the competition and no
requirement to conduct business with DiversityInc.

DiversityInc 2013 survey results show that Top 50 companies have:

  o76% more Blacks, Latinos and Asians on their boards of directors than the
    Fortune 500
  o54% more women on their boards of directors than the Fortune 500
  o43% more women in the top level (CEO and direct reports) than the Fortune
  o16.6% more Blacks, Latinos and Asians in the top level (CEO and direct
    reports) than the Fortune 500
  o16% of Top 50 CEOs are Black, Latino or Asian vs. 1.2% for the Fortune 500

In addition, DiversityInc notes that Top 50 companies have 51% more employees
in resource groups than they did five years ago and donated 53% more to
multicultural charities than they did five years ago.

The Top 50 companies were announced April 23 in New York. DiversityInc also
announced a number of Specialty Lists, all of which can be viewed at

To learn more about diversity at Lilly, visit

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers -
through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent
medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at C-LLY

Refer to: 317-612-4974 (mobile), - Janice Chavers


SOURCE Eli Lilly and Company

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